Allow me to qualify my incomplete comments to Andrew Loh..
While the threat of opposition gains after the 2011 elections was clearly a factor in speeding up meaningful social policy reform, public awareness and constructive pressure by civic groups and well informed public on needed changes is also very important…
We need both to push for/ catalyze change but also to participate as partners in its co-creation for solutions to the complex policy problems of the day to be truly effective.
This requires both democratization of the public debate on social policy and and end to the monopoly information by the government as well as greater civic society- govt partnerships in policy reform and design.
But have our poor and elderly sick suffered in silence for too long due largely to policy neglect ?
Yes they have. And policy makers need to do something about it much sooner and more substantially than they have been doing or are doing now.